You’ve heard the gloomy stories about our ill-equipped youth and the shoddy education our kids are getting compared to those on the global circuit. Well, here’s a news item that will put a smile on your face: Capital High School was recently awarded the 2009 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement. It was one of only 50 handed out in the U.S. and the only one given to an Idaho school. Advanced Placement, or AP classes are actually college level classes for students in high school.
“AP at Capital High School is changing students’ lives,” said Capital principal Jon Ruzicka. “Through college-level AP courses, students enter a universe of knowledge that might otherwise remain unexplored in high school; through AP exams students have the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at most of our nation’s colleges and universities.”
And so, Don, tell us what they’ve won:
— $1,000 grant to support math and science education
— A featured article in the Feb. 23 USA Today newspaper
— A listing on the Siemens Foundation Web site:
Borah High School won this award in 2005-2006.
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For more information, go to the Boise Schools Web site: